I ordered my new iMac last night and it should be here next week!
This got me thinking about all the different computers I have had over the years (Mostly Mac) and how they have changed.
I purchased my first computer in 1981. It was was a Commodore VIC20 and, for me, it was more of a toy than a computer since I didn't have a clue what to do with it!
My first "real" computer was one of the early early laptops. It was a 1984 HP110 that I used to program Fire and Security equipment.
My first Apple computer was a MacSE, which I purchased new in 1988. I also purchased an Apple dot matrix printer called an ImageWriter.
The Mac SE had a 9" CRT Monochrome Screen at 512 x 342, an 8 MHz Motorola Processor, 1 MB of RAM, a 40 MB Hard Drive, integraded VRAM, and a 3.5 inch 720 KB Floppy Drive. There was no Network Card, Modem, CD / DVD Drive, or WiFi. It cost about $3100. If you figure in the rate of inflation over the years, the Mac SE would sell for over $6000 today! The ImageWriter Printer was about $650 which would be over $1000 today! I don't think that my raises over the years have quite kept pace with inflation because there is no way that I could afford $7000 for a computer today!
My new iMac has a 27" LED Back lit LCD Screen that supports 2560 x 1440 with millions of colors. It has a 3.5GHz Quad Core i7 Intel Processor, 16 GB of Ram, a 3 TB Fusion Drive, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, and all the other bells and whistles that you would expect on a computer like this.
This computer costs $2699 which is less than the Mac SE was new!
This leaves me wondering ....... What will computers be like 25 years from now?!